English 30-1 Online


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Instructor: Paula Parker

Price: $119 Prepaid

Course Schedule

Class Date Location
Class 1 Friday January 5 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Online - virtual classroom Paula Parker
Class 2 Monday January 8 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Paula Parker
Class 3 Choices
Class 3a Sunday January 14 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Paula Parker
Class 3b Sunday January 21 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Paula Parker
Unable to attend all classes? RTD online students have the option of accessing recordings of any missed classes

Topic Timeline

Class Topic Covered
Class 1 On day one we'll begin by discussing how to be successful on the written response portion of the English Diploma Exam. Course instructors have marked diplomas for over 20 years and she will help students create a clear and executable outline for success. (And quickly dispel any notion that this exam "cannot be studied for")
Students dive in with a short story, and apply "close reading of a text" in order to model the type of reading necessary for full comprehension. The evening will close with a most crucial element of successful writing - the formation of the thesis statement.
Class 2 Class will begin with analysis of examples of successful (and some not so successful) student writing. Next, students will continue the process of writing thesis statements in conjunction with texts they've already seen in class. (Specific content will be analyzed here - students will have the chance to gain fresh perspective on works they studied throughout the year)
The day will finish with an examination of past diploma critical essay questions
Class 3 On the final class students will extensively review for Part B of the diploma. Instructors have assembled a comprehensive booklet containing hundreds of exemplar reading comprehension / multiple choice diploma-style questions.
Students will be shown trends in the types of questions to expect and gain valuable practice in examining texts and applying applicable concepts and definitions

Paula Parker
BEd, BA University of Alberta
Edmonton Catholic School District (over 15 years)

Paula joined us in January 2011 and her student feedback was phenomenal – in fact perhaps the best of any of our instructors. In her words …

I have been enjoying the experience of teaching English 30-1 and 30-2 for the past eleven years in the Edmonton Catholic School District. Most of these years have been spent at Archbishop O'Leary High School, although I have also taught at Louis St Laurent and Fresh Start. Marking diploma exams every year allows me the opportunity to continue the professional development of learning what Alberta Learning is looking for from my students; I can then share this experience with not only my students, but those of you preparing for your English 30-1/30-2 diplomas that attend our RTD sessions. Our time together will include preparation for both the Part A and Part B portions of the Diploma Exam. Students who have attended Rock the Diploma courses have expressed that our time together definitely benefited them and they felt much more prepared for their exam; establishing that confidence is sometimes half the battle! I look forward to the opportunity to help you prepare for your English diploma.

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